Architecture and art, Middle East, Sightseeing, Trekking

The cradle of Central Asian civilization – a short guide to Uzbekistan

People from Uzbekistan via avantour.com

It’s the cradle of culture of Central Asia – all infused with history, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itchan Kala at Khiva to its capital city Tashkent. Wandering around and getting lost in the local atmosphere means discovering new things every time: that Uzbekistan is one of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world (along with Liechtenstein); that Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal, it’s been called…

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Middle East, Photography, Travel List

An untold tale from Central Asia – Uzbekistan in pictures

Registan, Uzbekistan by Ben Smethers

As I’ve tried to point out in other posts, there are many countries under the auspices of a more general category known as off the beaten path. I stand by the belief that not being the top-of-mind option for travelers isn’t necessarily an indicator of its actual quality as a destination. In fact, most of the times, this etiquette is all about the lack of popularity instead of the place itself. Uzbekistan is one of the many examples on the list…

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Central Europe, Sightseeing, Ski, sports and adventure, Things to do, Trekking

Photos to feed your wanderlust – discover mesmerizing Slovenia

Lake Bled Sunrise by Alex Baxter

I always like to imagine how Hemingway would have written about this place, partly because his talent would magically bring out what’s best in everything, and partly because there’s no chance to come here and not have a coup de foudre on this country. Slovenia is mesmerizing in every possible way, even for the untrained eye. Its beauty is discrete and bashful, yet energetic and vigorous. Lake Bled This crystal blue-green lake is heaven for lazy afternoons…

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Financing & Budget, Gear & Equipment, Health & Safety, Photography, Uncategorized

The hitchhiker’s guide to Antarctica: basic tips

Photo Credits: Christopher Michel

Antarctica is one of the world’s craziest settings in terms of good looks. It’s out of this world and not just because it’s extremely difficult to get there, but the setting looks miraculous and most certainly you are going to end up taking over a thousand amazing pictures and return home with what’s going to look like a photo-journalistic approach of the place. Because of all the destinations in this world, Antarctica is the place…

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Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Europe

Aesthetic of ugliness – abandoned USSR buildings

Abandoned concert hall, Ukraine via flickr.com

USSR left its mark on the worldwide history and culture (or lack thereof) and this is a fact. While the historical facts are highly popular and often thought of as too obsolete to draw any more attention, the social sides of the story are often left out. Here’s why there are photographers all around the world preoccupied with telling a visual story of the kid of mark the communism actually left. ……

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Culture and religion, Western Europe

WWI British soldiers remembered by a crimson sea of puppies

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During World War I, 888,246 British soldiers died.To commemorate the British and colonial fatality, a ceramic poppy for each solider will be installed near the Tower of London. The project was led by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, who were also responsible for the idea. The red ceramic poppies are going to look like a flowing sea around the the tower. The commemoration, called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,  will be unveiled on August…

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Gear & Equipment, Travel Tips

Effective backpacking for a weekend city break

backpacking like a pro via gapyear.com

When it comes to packing, you have to be cruel to be kind. This is the thought that has to be top of mind whenever you’re thinking of going on a city break. Backpacking isn’t a hard thing in itself, as is the whole carrying thing. The key is not just to be able to make it fit inside the backpack, but being able to lift it from the ground afterwards. But first things first. The…

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Food

Authentic French foods – a taste of world’s most exquisite cuisine

Piperade via curedbybacon.wordpress.com

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.”  ERNEST HEMINGWAY There are countless reasons why I can’t stand away too much from French food. It’s not because I’m pretentious and snobbish, high-maintenance and weird. Gun to the head, French food is this good. You can quit cigarettes, coffee, give up junk…

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Eastern Europe, Food

Romania on a plate: delicious traditions from Eastern Europe

Photo Credits: jocooks.com

The central characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by repeated waves of different cultures: the ancient Greeks, with whom Romanians traded; the Romans, who gave the country its name; the Saxons, who settled in southern Transylvania; the Turks, who for centuries dominated Romania; as well as Slavic and Magyar neighbors. All of these influences gradually blended into the varied and delicious Romanian culinary tradition (Nicolae Keppler –…

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Destinations, Europe, Things to do, Travel List, Travel Tips

Mellow fall – European festivals to sugar-coat your autumn

Photo Credits: talkinfrench.com

There’s a whole special adventure you might be missing out on – participating to fall festivals in Europe. But even with the ever growing popularity of Oktoberfest, going to fall festivals still isn’t too high on the travel lists of Europeans. There’s a few reasons why this happens – first of all, everybody loves taking vacations in the summer, dispatching the autumn as a grey and monotonous season. Here, I’ll show you why this is…

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